Jonjo Shelvey was a big figure at Newcastle United.
The midfielder spent seven years on Tyneside after joining the club from Swansea City before calling time on his career in black and white in January.
A key part of Eddie Howe’s team last season, the Magpies head coach has even admitted he did not want the six-cap England international to leave for the City Ground.
Someone to have often captained the side, his departure leaves a hole in the squad.
Still, it doesn’t seem as if Shelvey was particularly happy to see his former teammates on Friday night.
Jonjo Shelvey’s bizarre criticism of Newcastle United
Newcastle ran out 2-1 winners away at Forest on Friday night.
Alexander Isak scored twice as the Toon came from behind after Emmanuel Dennis’ first-half goal. The first saw the Swede dig out a brilliant volley while in mid-air before the £60m man bagged a late penalty.
There was more drama after the game, however.
Indeed, Shelvey – only weeks after he left Howe’s squad – launched a strange criticism of his former teammates.
“You know they will start fast, the way they play,” he told Sky Sports (via Martin Hardy).
“When we went longer it helped us. We got the goal and the place was bouncing but it is naive to concede just on half-time. It gives them a boost.
“I didn’t think they [Newcastle] would whinge as much as they did on the pitch. But it is a game of football. I represent this football club now. I will give it my all. But yeah, a lot of whingebags in their team. I will tell them that, only in a jokey way. I hope they get into Europe and have just positive words about the club.”
Salty words from Shelvey
Strange to see a man who knows full well how Howe’s squad operate be surprised by it.
They have dabbled in the dark arts all season but it must be said their win at the City Ground had little to do with that. Newcastle dominated Forest all evening, twice hitting the bar and seeing Elliott Anderson’s goal ruled out controversially by VAR.
Shelvey would be wise to remember that.